Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the Media Patch area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Media Patch-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)
Overall in Pennsylvania, activity is considered low to moderate now, while it was considered about the same at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Media Patch that offer the vaccine:
- Ongoing, Acme Pharmacy at the Granite Run Mall location. Flu and pneumonia shots available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cost-$29.99 for regular flu shot, $59.99 for higher dose flu shot, and $84.99 for the pneumonia shot.
- Ongoing, CVS Pharmacy at the Baltimore Pike, Granite Run Mall and Pennell Road locations. Flu and pneumonia shots available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost-$31.99 regular flu shot, and $79.99 for pneumonia shot. Medicare covers both flu and pneumonia shots.
- Ongoing, Rite Aid at the Baltimore Pike location. Flu shots are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Click here for more Delaware County flu shot options and information.
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:
- Who should get vaccinated
- When to get vaccinated
- Selecting a flu vaccine
- Symptoms, complications and severity
- Treatment if you get the flu
- How flu spreads